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ISLAND FARM POW CAMP - an initial proposal


The current situation


* More than half of the building is currently off-limits owing to the bat population. This obviously restricts usage of the building and in historical terms is in the ‘wrong’ part of the building. While the bat population is in residence it means that conservation work to this part of the building cannot be done.

The immediate necessities


* That part of the building that is currently available for viewing by the public, and for restoration by those interested in its conservation, is in dire need of extensive work to show it off to its best. Without this work the building will decay through lack of investment and use, and the area will lose an important historical building.

 

The future


* The restoration of several rooms to their historic state – perhaps a journey through time where ordnance factory accommodation, British troops, US GI accommodation (black and white), and those of the two sets of German POWs are reflected in a phased occupation.
* Funding is required for this work.


Sources of funding


* An application for funding will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.


What will the site provide at the completion of this work?


* The aim of this project should be to provide regular openings to visitors where volunteer re-enactors and local historians tell the story of part of the site through the years.
* Permanent indoor displays of information, artefacts and recreated rooms would need to be provided.
* Our Open Days have been a great success, despite not being widely advertised, and showed the high level of interest in the site. Use this interest to secure the future of the site.
* Local schools and the general public would all benefit from such an historical community resource.

Proposal


* Form a Friends of Island Farm Trust with charitable status who draw up a business plan to draw down local authority funding or, alternatively, take on ownership of the site and access other funding streams.
* This being the case, work through the elements itemised above.

Hut 9 Preservation Group
February 2014


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